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Letter from the Chairman of The Board & President and CEO

Dear Friends,

In 2012, The Actors Fund celebrated a very special anniversary: 130 years of service to the creative community. Our founders in 1882 were committed to supporting their colleagues in need. In fact, The Fund began by providing funerals and burials, as well as helping those “troupers” who found themselves stranded far from home. In a time when there was little understanding of the sacrifices people made to have a career in the arts, the need for a safe haven and a place to turn during tough times was—and is—essential.

Today, our programs and services remain as vital as ever and continue to offer that safe haven and a helping hand to actors, dancers, stagehands, musicians, costumers, writers and more—everyone working in front of and behind the scenes in performing arts and entertainment.

Last year, we helped 13,523 individuals—a 5.6% increase from 2011—and distributed more than $2.8 million in emergency financial assistance. In this time of continued economic difficulty, we also dealt with the aftermath of a superstorm that devastated the East Coast and disrupted the lives of many in our community. To date, we’ve helped 647 Superstorm Sandy victims and provided 270 of them with almost $370,000 in emergency financial assistance.

The critical work we do wouldn’t be possible without your help. With a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, you can be assured that your support is well stewarded. We are incredibly thankful to all of our supporters and partners for everything they do: our Board of Trustees for their tireless dedication to our community, our thousands of donors, our dedicated staff and our caring volunteers.

A very special thank you is reserved for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, which remains our most indispensable supporter—contributing a total of $4,435,000 in 2012 (which included $200,000 earmarked for Superstorm Sandy relief). BC/EFA is a truly incredible organization whose steadfast commitment to The Fund ensures we can continue our work for the performing arts and entertainment community.

If you or someone you know in our community is in need, please visit our Programs and Services area of our website. We also encourage you to Join our Email list, find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or the Blog to stay connected to our latest news, and visit our Support section, to learn how you can become a part of this dedicated community.

Sincerely,

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